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Edward Henry Groenendyke III

Edward Henry Groenendyke III
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Edward Henry Groenendyke III August 23, 1942 – September 7, 2020

Edward Henry Groenendyke III, 78 years old, passed away peacefully from a pulmonary embolism September 7, 2020.

He was born on August 23, 1942 in Pasadena, California to Edward H. Groenendyke Jr. and Jane(Pond) Groenendyke.

Ed grew up in Newport Beach, California and loved all the water activities there. His father had a marine fuel dock, and Ed would work his summer months helping all the locals with fueling and maintaining their boats. He went to Ojai Valley School and Army and Navy Academy for high school then on to the University of Arizona graduating with an art degree. After raising a family and pursuing different careers in California, Tahiti and New Mexico he moved with his wife Sara to Carson Valley in 1996.

Ed found his dream property off Foothill Rd with its old barns, spectacular views and seasonal waterfowl. Throughout his next 20+ years Ed proceeded to improve and expand what would become known as the Red Barn Ranch. Restoring the original barn into a functional barn, office space, living quarters, it was one of 28 barns recognized for “historical significance” by the Douglas County Historical Society in 2008. His love for old barns compelled him to find a 19th century Dutch barn in Alpine County, which Ed dissassembled, relocated, reimagined and rebuilt into a stunning new home for his family.

He was an integral part of launching the Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival and the Carson Valley Trail Association in their early years. He also supported the Family Support Council by donating a house for them to use in 2001.

Ed will be missed by his wife of 50 years Sara, his son Eli, daughter Eliza and son-in-law Matt Gilsdorf and their two daughters Lucinda and Tabitha Gilsdorf.